First I made the Spicy Cocoa Roasted nuts, using Pecans. I have a nut allergy, which limits which nuts I can have. You might want to also try this with Almonds. I was completely shocked at how much sugar the original recipe called for and was worried it wouldn't be good in as a low sugar snack. But it turned out really well and it was a the official snack in the house for days!
- 3 Cups Raw, unsalted Pecans or Almonds (Trader Joe's or Costco is a good low cost place to find these)
- 1 Egg White
- A few drops of water
- 2 tsp Vanilla
- 2 Tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa powder
- 3 packets (tsp) Stevia Sweetener (I used Sun Crystals)
- 1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
- 3/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
Whisk the egg white, water and vanilla until frothy, add nuts and toss until nuts are covered. Combine all other ingredients and then add to the nuts. Toss until evenly covered. Place on a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper. Cook at 275 degrees for 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes to keep the nuts from burning.
My kitchen smelled SO good and right out of the oven they tasted great. But after cooling off they tasted even better! Depending on where you are in your low sugar journey, you may want more sweetener. Mine were pretty low on the sweet scale, but still delicious. I think these will make a great hostess gift and to serve when I have people over. It was really decadent! I've invested in some raw cocoa, called Cacoa, and will use it next time.
I loved that I had all the ingredients in my pantry! There are a few more recipes I want to try, but involve cardamon and instant espresso which I don't have on-hand.